Case Study: The Hot Tub Mystery!
Text taken and questions adapted from the following case study: House, Herbert. The Hot Tub Mystery: The Story of a Very HOT Tub. Buffalo: National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, 2005. PDF file.
Part I—The Discovery
Cast of Characters:
• Sam Garrison—Detective
• Roma and Clint Underhill—The “hot” couple
• Kavita Dickson and Larry Gonzales—EMT paramedics
• Renee Volenbach—Physiologist in the Biology Department at Noletown University
Roma and Clint Underhill had both had a long day. They were the owners of a successful real estate company in Desert Palm. Each had several clients, and the strain of the current real estate market was getting to them. It had been an unusually cool day for January, with temperatures hovering around degrees. On coming home they decided to relax in their hot tub with some wine. While Roma changed from her work clothes, Clint said that he would join her in the hot tub after he took his Lasix.
“… Please state your emergency.”
“Oh, Oh, I… I… ”
“Ma’am, please calm down and tell me the address.”
“I think…, yes, OK, it’s… it’s Oak Creek Drive.”
“What is the problem, please?”
“I’m the maid for Mr. and Mrs. Underhill and… and I didn’t find them in the house when I came in this morning, so I looked around outside. I just found them in their hot tub out back. They are under the water. Please come, please come now!”
“Yes, ma’am, I’m alerting the EMTs and an ambulance will be on the way. Please go out front and wait, so the paramedics can find the address quickly.”
Paramedics Kavita Dickson and Larry Gonzales brought the ambulance to a stop at the end of a long driveway next to an impressive two-story mansion. The maid was on the front steps and quickly directed them to the back patio where the hot tub could be seen. Empty bottles of wine were on the ledge...